Both the boys and girls U-16 soccer teams from Cold Lake are headed to Camrose this weekend for provincials. The teams finished second in their respective sides at the Lakeland Cup.
The Cold Lake U-16 girls soccer team finished fifth out of six in the regular season standings. Stellar goaltending throughout the season kept their goal differential at a -5. In comparison, fourth place St. Paul finished the regular season with a -17 goal differential. After a shaky regular season, the girls impressed at the Lakeland Cup. They captured the silver medal on the last weekend of June. Lac La Biche took home gold. This year both first and second place have advanced to provincials in Camrose.
“We got second. It was a pretty good one, the girls played awesome all weekend. They laid it out all on the line, they did everything.” Head Coach Andy Scanie says of their performance.
The U-16 girls have a tough pool to contend with in the eyes of Scanie. They are in Pool A with the host team Camrose, Edson, and Olds. Scanie expects the team will compete very well at provincials given the experience at the Lakeland Cup. They play their first game of provincials at 5:45 p.m. on Friday July 6 against Camrose. Lac La Biche will be in Pool B and match up with Athabasca, Sherwood Park, and Stettler.
“I’m trying to get them to enjoy the moment. I look at provincials like the Stanley Cup of this level. We have two players who moved to Cold Lake from Spruce Grove, and it’s their first time going to provincials.” Scanie explains.
The Cold Lake U-16 boys soccer team placed second in their four team division during the regular season. Their record was 3-1-2 on the year. The boys managed to put up 15 goals for during the season, but finished with a similar goal differential as the girls side of -5. The boys placed second in the Lakeland Cup as well. Vermilion won the gold medal on the boys side. Like the girls side, both teams have advanced to provincials.
The U-16 boys are in Pool A against Devon, Hinton and Stettler. Interesting note on the boys side is the host Camrose did not qualify for provincials. Pool B consists of Vermilion, Didsbury, Rocky Mountain House, and Sherwood Park. Cold Lake play their first game at 7:45 p.m. on Friday July 6.
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Both U-16 sides will compete through the weekend, with hopes of playing at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday for the gold medal. Should either Cold Lake team win provincials, they will have a shot at Nationals.